The two biggest shopping events of the year are right around the corner. Considering many Americans are strapped for cash this year, it can be a hard decision knowing which day you should choose to splurge on for the upcoming holiday season.
This year will add yet another new twist. Thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and how Black Friday usually results in crowded stores, there may be more deals available online than usual. In other words, in-store deals may not be as lucrative as their online counterparts.
So, which big shopping day should you hold out for? Here are a few things to keep in mind to help you make your decision:
Black Friday is typically held on the last Friday in November, which will fall on November 27 this year. However, many retailers seem to get a head start, offering some of their best deals even sooner—including on Thanksgiving Day.
As for Prime Day, it will take place on October 13 and 14, and some of the deals are already available online. Usually Prime Day happens during the middle of the year, but it was pushed back for 2020 thanks to the pandemic.
It can be tempting to go ahead and shop on Prime Day since it comes first, and this year offers yet another twist to keep in mind. The holiday season is already well-known for causing shipping delays, and this year, especially with the upcoming election, things are only about to get worse.
This means if you have any especially important purchases to make, you might want to order those items sooner to have the best chance of having them arrive on time. Another issue is the availability of stock, since the pandemic has caused some things to be more limited.
As a result, shopping earlier may be best when it comes to the holidays. If you see an incredible deal on Prime Day, it may not be worth waiting until Black Friday in hopes that a better deal might pop up.
Cyber Monday is known as the day to shop online to offer an alternative to Black Friday, when most of those deals used to be found in-store. Since Black Friday has so many offers available online these days, Cyber Monday hasn’t always offered the most exciting deals as a result.
However, it can still provide an excellent opportunity to score a few last minute deals if you weren’t able to find what you need during Prime Day or Black Friday.